Rick Riordan Coming to St. Kate’s

Copied from the Friends of St. Catherine University Libraries linked below!

YA Author Rick Riordan Speaking on Campus Oct 8

Are you a fan of the Percy Jackson series? What about the Kane Chronicles or the Heroes of Olympus? Or how about Magnus Chase, the newest series by young adult author Rick Riordan?

If you can say YES to any of these questions, you’re in luck. Rick Riordan is coming to St. Kate’s!

Red Balloon Bookshop and the Friends of St. Catherine University Libraries welcome internationally best-selling author Rick Riordan to the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium on tour for The Hammer of Thor – Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book 2.

Saturday, October 8, 7pm.

The Friends of the Libraries are also hosting a family-friendly reception in the Library before the event. Refreshments, activities and discussion will be available starting at 5:30 p.m.

Buy your tickets below, and if you’re a Friend of the Libraries, you can receive a discount. Visit the Friends page to find out how to become a Friend and for more information on the discount.


Meet Sarah Rodriguez – Jean and Mark Schroepfer STEM Scholarship Winner

Sarah Rodriguez is the Fall 2016 recipient of the Jean and Mark Schroepfer scholarship.  Sarah teaches at Sonnesyn Elementary in the Robbinsdale School District.  Here is an excesarah rodriguez1rpt from her application letter.

“Perhaps the greatest reason I have become consumed with STEM as a teacher is the impact I have seen in my students. When under-performing students who have learning disabilities or are learning English have access to engineering, they shine. I’ve seen students who, in their standardized test scores perform at the 1 percentile, who at 10 years old may already feel beaten by most school subjects, beam from ear to ear as they complete a STEM challenge.  They are empowered.”

Academic Reading and Writing Support

The O’Neill Center for Academic Development and the St. Catherine University Libraries announce a suite of Fall workshops for Graduate students. Designed specifically for St. Kate’s Graduate students, the workshops will focus on developing and improving skills in reading, writing, and documenting sources in APA style. The dates and topics of workshops are listed below.

All of these workshops are face-to-face on the St. Paul campus. We regret that we were not able over the summer to produce equivalent tutorials for online and distance students; planning them took longer and more effort than our time permitted. Please know we hope to have these as soon as we are able.

Workshops Offered in Fall 2016

Effective Writing Strategies:  Sat., Sep. 17, 9:00 a.m. – Noon

Designed for students from any discipline who would like to learn about and get hands-on practice with writing. Issues covered include writing anxiety, understanding the importance of audience, purpose, and voice, structure in writing, and use of support. Presented by O’Neill Center staff.

Introduction to APA:   Sat., Sep. 17, 9-11:00 a.m.  AND  Wed., Sep. 21, 6-8:00 p.m.  (2 sessions offered)

For beginners or intro courses, or for those who need a refresher. Covers formatting references in APA, in-text citing and quotes, and using the APA manual. Presented by Library staff.

Reading for Research:  Sat., Oct. 1, 9:00 a.m. to Noon     (NEW for Fall 2016!)

Designed for students from any discipline who would like to learn reading strategies and get hands-on practice. Covers reading issues such as the art of notetaking and summarizing, principles of prior knowledge, metacognition, and asking questions, and developing a relationship with reading.    O’Neill Center staff.

Paraphrasing to Avoid Plagiarism:  Sat., Oct. 1, 9-11:00 a.m. AND Tues., Oct. 4, 6-8:00 p.m.  (2 sessions offered)

Learn and practice techniques for writing source material in your own words in order to avoid plagiarism. Presented by Library staff.

Effective Writing Strategies:  Sat., Oct. 15, 9:00 a.m. – Noon

Please see description above.

Advanced APA:  Sat., Oct. 15, 9-11:00 a.m. AND Mon., Oct. 17, 6-8:00 p.m.   (2 sessions offered)

Recommended for advanced researchers and for those with a working understanding of APA.  This workshop will focus on, and allow practice of, advanced features such as citing electronic sources, headings, and tables.


Who may attend

Any student currently enrolled in a St. Kate’s graduate program is invited to attend any of the workshops.  Graduate Faculty are also invited to register!

To register

Links to registration forms for each session will be available approximately two weeks prior to each workshop.

Registration, locations, and further information are available at:

Refreshments and promotional assistance provided by the Graduate Student Advisory Board

Questions? Please contact Sue Gray or Patty Young 

Thoughtful post from a student in Ethics in the Information Age


Leigh Zika

Ethics in the Information Age
EDUC 5993

Leigh Zika

We can define the Information Age as being a term used to describe our current time period, one in which there has been a shift from the previous industrial-based economies ushered in by the Industrial Revolution to the information-based economies ushered in by the widespread development of the internet and computers/computing/networking capabilities.  In this economy, information has become both a resource and a commodity, and access to the internet and to information, or lack of access, can be a determining factor in both personal and business success.


New Student Kick Off

Had a great day today with the new teachers starting St.Kate’s graduate programs for practicing teachers today!
One of our more fun projects was to create 3D images of the St. Kate’s campus. Using your laptop or phone you can virtually stand in varied spots around campus. Enjoy!

Coeur de Catherine near the Spillane Room

Our Lady of Victory Chapel

Dew Drop Pond view from chapel

Bridge over Dew Drop Pond

First Floor Mendel Hall

Entrance to Butler

Students — if you have another image to share please post the link in the comments section here!


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